i have a 1:640 speckled rim pattern

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irritated 46
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   Posted 2/20/2012 8:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello all, im new here. about 5 weeks ago i went to my GP due to having the most horrid fatigue iv ever had in my entire life,along with extremly sore joints and deep muscle pain. I was sent to the lab for a CBC, ANA,& a D-Dimer blood work. My platelets were 115,000 a little low, my ANA was 1:640 positive speckled rim pattern i believe. As well my D-Dimer came back positive. My GP says "Take a 325mg coated asprin each day. I was then sent on my way. 2 wks later i had 2 large red,inflamed red hot knots,one on each calf. I could barely walk with out excruciating pain. I went to the emergancey room as it was after hours and i was in pain as well i was scared. The E.R. doc says,it does not look like clots more like an injury to both calfs in the same area on both legs. I had not injured myself to my knowledge. He ordered a D-Dimer, again it came to be positive. I was sent to ultra sound on one leg. Doc says they are superficial clots not to worry just go home & rest for a day or 2. Again,i was sent on my way. Then 3 days later i noticed those hard red hot knots turned into bruises along with 2 new red hot swollen knots. One on my inner thigh,one on my lower calf. I went back to my GP and she sent me for another ultra sound. This time not even superficial clots were found it all came out clear. I was sent home again with no explanation as what these knots mean or why im getting them. My GP is refering me to a rheumatologist in 3 months. My GP says keep taking an asprin each day & wate for my apt with the specialist. Low platelets, a positive d dimer,myserioous red knots out of no where,fatigue and no energy to function normally and i get to take asprin!!!! HELP WITH SOME ANSWERS IF YOU CAN. eyes

couchtater
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   Posted 2/20/2012 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
First, has the appointment been set up or is the doctor waiting 3 months before calling the referral in?
I'd try to get in to see the rheumy quicker than 3 months. Also I'd ask the doctor for some stronger pain meds.
Joy

irritated 46
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   Posted 2/20/2012 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Joy for the reply. My apt has been set in May. My GP said thats the soonest i can be seen. I do need some sort of pain killers as asprin is like eating a sweet tart.

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   Posted 2/20/2012 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   
The aspirin is to help keep the blood thin and flowing, it's not meant to address pain in these circumstances. Check out healthybodydaily.com/dr-oz-in-case-you-missed-it/dr-oz-blood-clot-risk-factors. Also elevating the feet/legs, standing & moving at least a few minutes every hour, warm compresses. Never sit too long. I can't seem to figure out what kind of Dr is most experienced with blood clots.

I guess he wants you to see a rheumotologist because of the positive ANA.

Have you called the rhuemy office yourself to see if there is a cancellation list you can get on? Or maybe your insurance or country doesn't work that way...
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irritated 46
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   Posted 2/20/2012 9:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Any ideas on what my ANA pattern may indicate? Thanks for the comments all.

couchtater
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   Posted 2/21/2012 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Speckled rim pattern is found almost exclusively in SLE.

Go to Lupus.com for more information.
Joy
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